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Taliban and Afghan politicians meet in Moscow

Taliban Meet Afghan Politicians in Moscow for Peace

Moscow – The Taliban political representatives met a number of prominent Afghan politicians in the Russian capital Moscow on Tuesday and Wednesday for a landmark two-day peace talk.
According to reports, top Taliban negotiator has once again ruled out agreeing to a ceasefire until coalition forces are pulled out of Afghanistan.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who headed Taliban delegation at the talks, also promised on Tuesday the militant movement did not want to seize the entire country through its military prowess.
“It will not bring peace to Afghanistan,” Stanikzai, added in an interview with the BBC.
Currently in Moscow for a meeting on Afghanistan, he acknowledged problems in reaching a settlement. He believed achieving peace was more difficult than war. However, he hoped the conflict could be ended.
The Moscow meeting is separate from the US-Taliban peace parleys in the UAE and Qatar, according to Stanikzai, who told participants that the group did not want “a monopoly of power”.
After the announcement of a US troop withdrawal, he indicated, representatives of the Afghan government and others could join talks on a future government.
(Sahar News)

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